Chabad plans three public menorah lighting events

Chabad centers in the St. Louis have planned the third annual Show-Me-Hanukkah program, designed to highlight the history and traditional observances of the holiday, which begins this year after nightfall on Tuesday, Dec. 16 and lasts for eight days. The program includes three menorah displays, with a public celebration at each on different nights of the holiday. 

Chabad of Chesterfield will hold the first event at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 at Chesterfield Mall’s Lower Level Sears Court. The program will include Hanukkah gelt, traditional doughnuts, light-up necklaces and a musical program. One hour prior, at 6:15 p.m., a Car Menorah Parade, led by Judah the Maccabee on horeseback, begins at Chesterfield Central Park and concludes at the mall. 

Chabad on Campus is sponsoring the kindling of a giant menorah at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Market in the Loop, 6655 Delmar Boulevard. The program will include a menorah lighting ceremony, live music and hot latkes and gelt. Dignitaries will offer Hanukkah greetings.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, Chabad of Greater St. Louis will sponsor the kindling of what it bills as “the tallest menorah in Missouri” at the Lazaroff Chabad Center, 8124 Delmar Boulevard. In addition to doughnuts and gelt, there will be a dreidel crafts program for children, including a presentation on the science of the dreidel by Mad Science. For more information, visit